Articles - Urgent Care

Why Urgent Care Certification?

Today, urgent care clinics can be found all across the United States, but in terms of the history of American medicine, they are a relatively new to the scene. Not too long ago, patients seeking urgent care for non-life threatening medical situations would have very few options beyond the long wait time for a doctor appointment or the discomfort of ...

The Benefits of Transitioning from Emergency Medicine to an Urgent Care Environment

The growth in the number of the urgent care centers in the United States is amply documented. Frustrated with crowded emergency departments and the difficulty of getting appointments with primary care physicians on short notice, more and more people are turning to urgent care clinics for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Urgent care medicine is a fast-expanding specialty that ...

The Benefits of Urgent Care Board Certification

For too long, people seeking non-emergency medical care had essentially just two options: spend many hours in an emergency department waiting to be seen by a doctor, or wait weeks to get an appointment with a primary care physician. Today, there is an alternative, and that is to visit an urgent care clinic and have your non-emergency injury or illness ...

Important Facts About Urgent Care

One of the most significant challenges currently facing the American healthcare system is a shortage of primary care physicians. In fact, in a 2016 survey conducted by National Public Radio (NPR), one in five respondents indicated that they had been unable to see their primary care physician in the last two years because of lack of available appointment times. A ...

Seasoned Physicians are Responding to Rapid Growth in Urgent Care Medicine

The primary model for how Americans receive basic healthcare treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and acute illnesses has evolved in the 21st century. Increasingly, patients of all ages are turning to the urgent care model of healthcare – local, walk-in clinics that appeal because of their low cost, minimal wait times, and extended business hours. From a provider’s standpoint, Urgent Care ...

Many Physician Leaders in Urgent Care Medicine Get Certified by the BCUCM

Urgent care medicine is one of the fastest growing-specialties in the United States healthcare industry. Increasingly, patients are relying on urgent care clinics for rapid access to healthcare professionals, and largescale urgent care businesses are becoming more commonplace than ever. As a result of increasing competition, the need for board certification in Urgent Care medicine has never been greater. That’s ...

The Numerous Benefits to Becoming Board Certified in Urgent Care

If you are a physician who works in urgent care, or you are considering a future in this rapidly growing segment of healthcare, consider the many benefits to becoming board certified in Urgent Care Medicine through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine® (BCUCM®). At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we developed the BCUCM to standardize the core ...

Recognition for Urgent Care Physicians

At the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine® (BCUCM®), a member board developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we offer board certification to highly qualified primary care physicians who have extensive experience in Urgent Care medicine. This rapidly growing specialty has become increasingly popular with patients throughout North America. By becoming board certified in this area of ...

Urgent Care Physicians: Stand Out from the Crowd

As urgent care medicine continues to grow in popularity, physicians who have dedicated themselves to the specialty are increasingly looking for ways to distinguish themselves from the competition, and one excellent way to do this is by pursuing board certification through the Board Certification in Urgent Care Medicine® (BCUCM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®. Board ...

An Urgent Message: Owners of Urgent Care Centers Who Want to Differentiate their Practice Should Require their Medical Directors be Board Certified

If you own an urgent care center and are looking for a practical way to differentiate your clinic from the competition, encouraging your medical director to become board certified in urgent care medicine is an effective solution. At the American Board of Physician Specialties, we recognize the increasingly significant role that urgent care centers play in American healthcare, and we ...

What is Board Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM)?

As urgent care centers begin to proliferate in the United States, it has become more important than ever for physicians who practice this emerging specialty to be held to well-established standards for patient treatment. The Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) allows practicing urgent care physicians to show that they meet or exceed those standards by demonstrating a ...

Exploring Urgent Care Medicine as a Second Career

As emergency department visits have increased year to year, the demands faced by Emergency Medicine physicians have become more difficult to handle. Simultaneously, an ongoing physician shortage means fewer healthcare providers are being forced to cope with greater patient demand. That is a formula for burnout, so it is no wonder an increasing number of Emergency Department physicians are considering ...